Before staring off discussing eating disorder interventions, it is important to state how medically severe eating disorders are. As interventionists, we are not medical professionals. Eating disorders are fatal. There is no telling which purge might take the life of your loved one. Directing them to eat after any period of restriction may cause a refeeding syndrome, which may be fatal as well. Sufferers of eating disorders do not have the necessary nutrients in their system and could faint at any time. We recommend that if fainting or any other severe medical condition does occur, that you immediately seek medical attention. Per information received from the assessment, we will be able to determine the steps to follow to insure your loved one’s safety comes first and foremost.
At Freedom Interventions, we do not believe the myth that the addict, or eating disordered individual, has to hit bottom before they can get well. We believe the process of eating disorder interventions involves giving your loved one the illusion of what that bottom will look like. This can be a powerful experience that can motivate the individual to want to get well. It is imperative to take action as soon as possible, especially with eating disorders. Eating disorders are the number one cause of death out of all mental illnesses. With FI eating disorder interventions, we will help guide and support your family through this difficult time. We will also look enabling behaviors which keep the disorder alive. With any addiction, eating disorders need enabling to survive. You do not have to wait for your loved one to come to you willing. Waiting can be detrimental to your loved one.
Eating disorders have their own natural consequences which progress over time. In today’s society with magazines, TV, movies, etc. spitting out the idea that this unrealistic thinness is what beauty is, those consequences come fast and hard. While eating disorders do have a genetic component, the outside variables only throw gasoline on the flame. What your loved one may be hearing is, “to be loved I must be x, y, and z”. There is this deep-seeded belief that love and worth is earned. That love is given to the “pretty”. The sad thing is that with eating disorders a common thread is body image issues, as well as body dysmorphia to where what we see when we look at one affected is entirely different than what they see in the mirror. They can never be thin enough. It can be difficult to confront the disorder. The disordered individual sees the eating disorder as a means to survive and cope with life. It is similar to a baby which cries when you take away their toy. Asking an individual afflicted with an eating disorder to give up their disorder is an attempt to take away the one tool they have which helps them live life – the thing which they believe will bring happiness. To solve the crying baby, one might give them back the same toy or present a new one. To help your loved one we are offering a new “toy”, really a new set of tools which can greatly improve the quality of life for your loved one.
Initially when confronting the eating disorde,r there might be anger and resentment because your loved one has not received a new solution right then. Your loved one may try any means necessary to stop you from taking the disorder away. They may try to deflect and push your buttons. This is one reason why we suggest using a professional for eating disorder interventions. We are trained to navigate this frustrating and sometimes hurtful experience. Your loved one is unaware of our buttons. So please, if you know someone who is suffering from an eating disorder and is unwilling to seek help please contact us. We would love to help your family with eating disorder interventions.
If you have a loved one who is suffering from an eating disorder, we can help. Please call us at 888-762-7557 today